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? >>> also, ready for war? israel says it is prepared for a ground offensive in gaza if its demands are not met soon. >>> and breaking overnight, hillary clinton into the fray. the secretary of state on her way to israel right now. good morning and welcome to "early start." a lot going on this morning. i'm john berman. >> good morning, i'm brooke baldwin. it is bright and early, 5:00 in the morning for you on the east coast. >> this is "cnn breaking news." >> and we begin with breaking news out of the conflict zone, an attack at the u.s. embassy in tel aviv in israel. details just coming in, but an israeli police spokesman says a security guard at the embassy was attacked with an ax. the attacker reportedly also had a knife on him. we know the attacker has been arrested. when we get more information, we will bring that to you. of course, this is all happening as israel and hamas at the tipping point of all-out war. the israelis carrying out 80 air strikes overnight with hamas fighters launching 95 rockets into israel. 38 more palestinians killed, bringing the death toll since last w
sound of air-raid sirens ringing out across israel as well as rocket fire as violence rages for four straight days. i'm gregg jarrett. >> heather: i'm healther childers. israel bombing the gaza strip. hundreds of air strikes hitting government buildings and smuggling tunnels. defense forces firing off the so-called iron dome anti-missile system as rockets rain down on israeli cities. fivizes were wounded. it was a port city. if tel aviv. police say a hamas rocketed was destroyed in midair by the defense system, all of this as the death toll climbs on both sides with reports of 42 palestinians and 3 israelis killed so far. israeli forces continue massive building up of artillery and as many as 75,000 troops in possible for a ground invasion of the gaza strip. david lee miller is live on the front lines. david lee? >> reporter: that is right. we're short distance from the border and over my shoulder, perhaps you can make out the iron dome missile defense system. during the last several hours, israel has continued to pound the gaza strip. there have been more than 200 air strikes and th
in the violence in the middle east. rockets and air strikes across the border of israel and the gaza strip. now israeli forces are massing on the ground and on the move. plus, members of congress in a showdown about the assault on benghazi that killed americans. >> this administration continues to put out things that are just not quite true. >> i don't think playing political games is what we should do. >> shep: tonight lawmakers look to sort out the facts of the attack on our consulate. general petraeus, speaking to the media for the first time since his resignation talking about the benghazi attacks and the affair that cost him his job. plus what he says about his wife and his cheating. manslaughter charges in the gulf oil spill catastrophe. bp accused of negligence for the disaster that killed 11 men and triggered an environmental cataclysm. >> communities here in new orleans and around the gulf have waited patiently for justice to be done. today their wait is over. >> shep: tonight bp admits some guilt and agrees to pay a record penalty. we begin a fox urgent and the situation in israel is
as israel always risky choices on and gaza. clinton will travel to the middle east today to discuss ongoing violence in gaza according to white house officials she will talk with leaders in jerusalem, ramallah and cairo. issues leading the east asia summit that president obama is an app. the death toll in the gaza strip surpassed 100 on monday. with evidence that an egyptian a truce is in the side. ben rose, the deputy national security adviser for strategic administration at the white house says clinton and obama have been talking about this threat to the trip. -- throughout the trip. they discussed the way forward. they concluded the best way to the dance discussions with leaders is for secretary clinton to take this trip beginning with our close partner, israel. and clinton's middle east talks do not include hamas leaders. they say the secretary will not meet with hamas, that states does not recognize diplomatically. clinton cut short her stay at the east asia summit to take this trip. headline in the "baltimore sun" -- middle east conflict puts the united states in a bind. israel risks
. >> wooddruff: there are new fears tonight of a widening conflict between israel and hamas after a major escalation today-- more than 20 air strikes and at least ten palestinians dead ray suarez reports. ( sirens ) >> suarez: it began with a precision air strike that left twisted metal and flaming debris on the streets of gaza city. the target: ahmed jabari, head of the military wing of the militant group hamas, which rules gaza. he was at the top of israel's most wanted list and the most senior hamas official killed since israel's last war in gaza in 2009. the israeli military posted video of the strike on you tube and said it was the opening round of a larger campaign dubbed "operation: pillar of defense." >> the goal of the operation is to defend israeli people and also target and cripple those terror organizations responsible for the ongoing rocket fire-- namely hamas, islamic jihad and others. >> suarez: in short order, smoke rose across the gaza city skyline from other air strikes, and fires burned into the night as the attacks continued. and prime minister benjamin netanyahu warne
're going to get to between israel and gaza. hamas aims rockets at jerusalem and they miss. but the fact hamas is going after what israel considers its capital city shows how much pressure is building in the middle east right now. i want you to listen to this. so an i reporter captured air raid sirens going off in jerusalem. hamas, the group that controls gaza, landed south of jerusalem. more rockets aimed for tel aviv ende in the water. no reports of damagen either case, though. but officials say 27 palestinians have died since weesday from israel's strike in gaza. this is israeli defense forces video showi what they say, look at this, they say this is munition sites. israel points to the stockpiles as more proof hamas is trying escalate tension. hamas says israel is to blame. people live in fear of how close the attacks will come. listen to one man in gaza just last night. >> i fear my life is at risk by merely being out the streets. i literally felt i could lose my life at any moment. target i targeting israeli civilians, i might as well -- >> he was able to reconnect with us moments
they think we could find compromise. and we're also watching the situation in the middle east. israel launching a major offensive against palestinian militants in gaza. israeli aircraft tanks have pounded the coastal strip. in response more than 100 rockets have been fired. martin fletcher will join us with the latest. oil prices off by about nine cents. crude oil at this point 86.23. steve, a lot of ground to cover and you have more of our other headlines, as well. thanks for being here. >> good to be here. china's ruling communist party unveiling its new leadership team today. vice president xi jinping taking over from hu jintao. he'll head a team of seven members in the new politburo standing committee compared to nine. they'll have to tackle everything from social unrest to issues with domestic and global economics. back here in the u.s., reports from walmart and target. at 8:30, we get weekly jobless claims. october consumer price index. and the november empire state survey. in corporate news, bp expected to pay a record u.s. criminal penalty and plead guilty to criminal miscondu
vittert is live from the israel-gaza border for us right now. leland. >> certainly, jon what we're seeing right now is a majorress ka lace. there hav major escalation. there have never been rockets fired, first time in 20 years on tell louisiana sreufplt it's going to elicit a very strong response from israel here along the border we continue to take incoming fire. there is an eerie feeling of sorts around here that an all out ground offensive by israel is imminent. there is so much take of the iron dome interest septembering missiles but it's not perfect and it doesn't work this close to gaza where home-made rockets fly out there is not time. it impacted right here a couple of yards from a house. you see what it did to the whole barbecue area. had there been people out here they won't have stood a chance. to give you an idea as to what it would do to a person if somebody was standing out here. this is the wall of the house and you can see where the strap tphashap knellvan knel shrapnel embedded itself. had you been outside this would have been you, ten seconds life or death. >> ten secon
-- perhaps israel -- would face. they've already tested their missiles to show what a retaliatory strike on tel aviv would be. these drills also have the intended consequence of raising the price a little bit. the iranians are saying, okay, it's going to cost more if you bomb us, therefore, if we come to the negotiating table, we want more. and this all has to be looked at in the prism, if you will, of u.s./israel relations after the elections here. the prime minister here in israel, prime minister netanyahu, and president obama have a very icy relationship. the prime minister all but endorsed governor romney in the past election, and there's been a lot of fear here that now a second term president obama will take a much tougher line against israel when it comes to iran, when it comes to the palestinians. there has been some vocal, hostile, very negative reaction here by israeli politicians to president obama's re-election, and there's a lot of anger at the prime minister for making israel and the united states' support of israel a partisan issue, a political issue during the presidentia
conference since the election. and israel retaliates for rocket attacks with deadly strikes and extremist targets. now hamas is warning that the gates of hell have been opened. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> eight days after his re-election, president obama faced reporters in the midst of an unfolding scandal and with a potential economic crisis holding over his head. but he only got riled up when he responded to republican criticism of his united nations ambassador susan rice. more on that coming up. standby. but first, the president's careful responses about the investigation of this former cia chief david petraeus and on negotiations to avoid what's called the fiscal cliff. our white house correspondent jessica yellin was over at the east strip of the white house. you had a chance to speak to the president and ask him about that looming fiscal cliff. >> reporter: hi, wolf. that's right, i did. i asked the president why anyone should believe that he won't cave off of his position that he will not extend bush tax cuts for the wealthiest since he did just that in 20
in gaza rained down on israel this week. israelies were injured and at least one was killed. but it sure is right -- absolute right of self-defense is responded to defend its people. prime minister netanyahu said it best. the terrorists are committing a double war crime. they fire at israeli citizens and they hide behind palestinianian civilians. but the government in egypt, which was backed by the administration, has condemned israel, not hamas. the terrorist group hamas doesn't want peace with israel. it wants war. it kills israeli citizens and then hides behinds the skirts of palestinian women. israel has the moral right and duty to defend itself from the bar barrack hamas. the united states should be in total support of israel, our ally. the u.s. should be bold in its condemnation of hamas and the u.s. should be bold in this continuing war by terrorist, like hamas, on civilized nations and that's just the way it is. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from oregon rise? the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. blumenauer: thank you, madam speaker. perha
agreement between hamas and israel which may beer maybe not. maybe he did a great job. there are also arms being smuggled through egypt so maybe he got too much credit. >> he seized the day. his name is on top of all newspapers. here i am, i need to consolidate power this morning. >> charles krauthammer believes there is a connection between the praise that came from the united states and what president morsey has done now in egypt. >> i'm not surprised at all that the brotherhood is now essentially engaging in a cudahy that. the shamelessness and speed in which he did this the day after the agreement. i think the administration has to wonder whether the praise it gave which was fusive and excessive didn't give morsey the sense that he can can strike now because he has been elevated to a great world leader. he had to do the cease-fire because he needs the money and he wouldn't have had it otherwise. and also because egypt has never wanted to be dragged back into the palestine wars by the palestinians who want everybody to die on their behalf. >> he then went out and spoke to large crowds s
recovery. >> international pressure mounts for israel and gaza to agree to a cease-fire after a weekend of air strikes leave a dozen dead and hundreds injured. brent continues to climb with gold going higher. >> the president and congress will strike a deal to restore the fiscal cliff. over the weekend in asia, the president said he's confident we can get the fiscal situation confident and reached out to ceos including tim cook, warren buffett and jamie dimon. after top house and senate leaders say friday's meeting was constructive. we see headlines that may bring news to other companies. intel ceo paul otellini to retire. >> during this period where a lot of companies moved toward mobile, was not pioneer mobile. arm holdings to go a bunch of shares. this may be a positive -- viewed as positive for intel. >> they will conduct a search or process to choose otellini's successor. will consider internal and external candidates. he's been at the company for 40 years. only the fifth ceo in 50 years. a company has had long service from those in its ceo position. again, he will step down at the
, our starting point this morning, israel mobilizing thousands of troops for a possible full-scale ground war with hamas. violence in the region intensifying overnight. the palestinian militants launched hundreds of rockets into israeli territory. air raid sirens sounding in tel aviv. that's the very first time that's happened since the gulf war. israelis responded by pounding hundreds of terror sites as they call them in gaza with artillery fire. ben wedeman reporting live now from jerusalem. we know, ben, that the israelis have called up 16,000 reservists. what exactly are they going to be doing? >> well, what they'll be doing is heading down into the area around gaza. very similar to what we saw in 2008, 2009, when they had a similar outbreak of violence between the two sides. we also know that there's a lot of heavy armor, lots of tanks being transported to the area around gaza, as well, for a possible ground incursion. but what we saw back in 2008-2009, was that it was several days of fairly intense israeli air strikes that preceded ground invasions. now what we've heard
to save the life of his wife. >>> on the brink, escalating violence between israel and palestinians in gaza this morning. the israelis on the border on alert for possible invasion. we're live in gaza. >>> coming to america, the u.s. a beacon of freedom and hope for people all around the world. the green citizenship about to be fulfilled for these 30 people, they come from different lands, have different stories to tell, but they'll all become americans live today, friday, november 16th, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie. live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> good morning, welcome to "today" on a friday morning, i am matt lauer. >> good morning, i am savannah guthrie. we look at the statue of liberty live. we're going to witness something incredible on the plaza. if there's a dry eye left when the ceremony is over, i'll be amazed. 30 people that worked so hard to become u.s. citizens, a wait sometimes measured in decades will become u.s. citizens on the plaza this morning. >> so many of us take this for granted. those people on the
and israel under the aegis of the administration. he is appearing as the guy who is do. >> and washington has a choice. will we have more pressure on morsi f. we do so he may not work with us on stabilizing the gaza piece. it is difficult for the administration to deal with. >> on israel and hamas seize fire. do you feel optmistic that it will continue to hold. >> it holds depending on the ibtension of the two sides. they would like to commit to a seize fire. and it is up to hamas and islamic jihad. one is egypt and morsi and he would like to see the seize fire working because he would get support. and the other ally is iran and they may act or demand that their supporter necessary hamas and palestinian would reengage them. >> it is up to them to decide that. >> thank you for joining us with that insight. >> thank you, uma . >> and this news. former palestinian leadership yassar arafat's body will be exhumedo. this discovery sparks susthat arafat may have been murdered by israel it is it a charge that israel is denying. he died a month after the sudden illness. >> turmoil in the mideast will
of a purple heart recipient to save the life of his wife. >>> on the brink, escalating violence between israel and palestinians in gaza this morning. the israeli army now massing on the border. 30,000 reserves on alert for a possible ground invasion. we're live in gaza. >>> and coming to america. the u.s., a beacon of freedom and hope for people all around the world. the dream of citizenship about to be fulfilled from these people. they come from different lands with different stories t tell, but they will all become americans live today, friday, november 16th, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a friday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> good morning, everyone. i'm savannah guthrie. as we look at statue of liberty live, we are going to witness something really remarkable today on our plaza, and if there's a dry eye left when this ceremony is over i'll be amazed. 30 people who have worked so hard to become u.s. citizens, a wait that sometimes was measured in decades will be
for the middle east? guest: the middle east is still in a great flux right now, issues with iran, israel. they're seeing some ratcheting up in gaza where they have seen hundreds of rockets firing in tension. there is a parliamentary elections in january which looks good for president netanyahu, but there's no way reinvigorated left in israel and is providing some opposition. host: critical of netanyahu? guest: more so than the have been before. the parliamentary process in israel is such that netanyahu can rely on some factional far right parties which have helped him in his coalition government, but yes. there's now a sense of a somewhat reinvigorated left in israel that had been wary of his bluster on iran. they would like to see a reinvigoration of the peace talks. host: what will be the focus there in the second obama administration? guest: the administration has been pretty clear. obviously, i am not privy to the intelligent but the reporting we have done in foreign policy is that there's no sense that iran is exceedingly close. the help of the cartoon picture saying this was teh red line
, canada, the allies, most democracies not israel, india, and other countries, but most are protocol one. in the mid-70 -- mid-80 #s, they used protocol one, the other didn't, changed sides and so on. the side you followed the rules, guess what? they lost the war game. during the 1990s, american lawyers and human rights watch and amnesty international charged the united states air force with serious violations of the laws of war during the bombing campaign in kosovo and yugoslavia bringing these before the tribunal for the former yugoslavia using one as the rules. amnesty internationals cry the failure to give effective warning before bombing. human rights watch complained the u.s. air force was too concerned with ensuring pilot safety. these are american writers writing this, complaining about the american air force, too worried about the safety of american service members. these are the global rules. people talk about global rules, these are the global rules. it's an example of transnational politics, a new kind of politics. the violations of the law of war were based on protocol one.
.n. and the nonaligned movement when it comes to israel and the middle east that said nothing when hamas fired over 500 or 600 missiles at israeli civilians, each missile being a war crime. and when israel finallien hit back by attacking a leader of the militants and started attacking launch sites, suddenly there's a u.n. security council meeting and the nonaligned movement condemns israel. we also learned that despite the ravings of governor romney about obama throwing israel under the bus and the ravings of the republican jewish coalition and other elements of the jewish community, when push comes to shove, the obama administration stood by israel. >> we'll discuss gaza tomorrow. there's been asymmetry in the moral intent has been to go after civilians stated aim of the idf is to avoid civilians. in the actual death toll, we're seeing more civilian lives in gaza dead than israelis. i want to make sure people are aware of that. we'll talk about this much more tomorrow, joy. >> we now know that the beltway sort of means that there was a lack of african-american enthusiasm to re-elect the president was
's the front page of the boston globe this morning -- clinton was dispatched by president obama to israel and is meeting today with egyptian officials and palestinian officials as well. the headline from the tribune -- late tuesday night clinton met with benjamin netanyahu in jerusalem and plans to go to the west bank on wednesday. clinton is preparing to step down early next year. one story this morning, some breaking news from jerusalem. this is according to a dap. really rescue services said there have been explosions on a bus across the military headquarters in tel aviv. the agency says at least 10 people were injured in wednesday's blast. the explosion comes amid an ongoing israeli operation rollers.aza's hamas so, more information on that incident probably coming later today. but we are taking your calls this morning on your confidence in the economy, your thoughts on the fiscal cliff, and how you are preparing for that. marc is from 0 highfill on our independent line. -- from ohio. caller: good morning. i'm a person who believes we need to do something radical, which a lot of peopl
of western europe, canada, most of our allies, most democracies -- not israel, india and some other countries -- but most countries are due to adhere to protocol i. during the '80s the united states conducted a series of war games, they changed sides and so on and the side that you follow protocol i rules, guess what? they always lost the war game. during the 1990s at amnesty international charged the united nations -- charged the united states air force with serious violations of the laws of war during the bombing campaigns in kosovo and yugoslavia. they brought these charges before a u.n.-sponsored international criminal tribunal for the former yugoslavia which uses protocol i, so amnesty international decried the consistent failure to give effective warning to civilians before bombing. human rights watch complained that the u.s. air force was too concerned with insuring pilot safety. these were american lawyers writing this, complaining about the american air force, too worried about the safety of american service members. so these are the global rules. when people talk about global rules,
, 18,500 jobs thereabouts gone. a terror attack inside israel. a bomb on a bus in tel aviv. ten injuries reported. secretary of state clinton is in jerusalem and she goes to cairo today. this is "varney & company," an all star, pre-holiday lineup. here we go.  >> top story. the unions are excertifying maximum pressure right now the at worst possible time. people want to shop and unions are making both difficult. sciu expects more than a thousand marches at los angeles international airport and say the company they work for, a contractor for the airport broke the union and took away health insurance and demonstrating. and protests planned at o'hare in chicago. a new company providing custodial services there, nonunion, protests. and a strike, and another one at the port in portland. and a huge protest planned at one thousand wal-mart stores on friday. workers angry about wages and benefit and threaten to tie up wal-mart parking lots on what is a crucial shopping day and hostess, the bakers union refusing to make a deal and now the company is going to be liquidated. yes, it is,
election. he basically said romney is a better friend of israel, please vote for him. not in so many words but if he were jewish and in florida, you got the message. if he saw the clip on youtube of him offered the congratulating the american ambassador to israel over the election, he knows that might have been a mistake at this point and it is hurting him in israel. it would be interesting to see what it does to israeli american relations. i still believe the republican party has document up its faith on the tooth fairy. at the table still believe tax cut increase revenue -- i think they will still believe that tax cuts increase revenue. i do believe there will be some bipartisanship, and better bipartisan mood despite the lingering effects will nonsense. >> very good overview. ok. dr. chavis, still free to wander as dr. jeremy mayor did. >> my comments were set up to observe the election in which i think has been quite historic. and we will be talking about it for years and trying to figure it out. one a fragile coalition of women, african-american, latino, the young, and other minoritie
. they could not celebrate this success without the leadership of steve israel, the chair. when i asked him to take this responsibility to serve our country and colleagues, i i said to all of you that he is a gold standard of a member of congress. he knows the policy. he cares about american people. that drives him to do the politics to increase our numbers to pass legislation that takes us for to improve the lives of americans. before i bring him on, i wanted to have a representative of the freshman class to speak on behalf of the class. i am very honored to welcome a fighter for the middle class, a real representative of his generation, congressman alec patrick murphy. his election is a cuase for celebration. his election sends the message to a new generation of americans that their voices will be heard at the table. congratulations, congressman a -elect, patch of mercy. -- patrick murphy. >> thank you for your leadership and for being here with us. thank you for your support. my name is patrick murphy from florida district 18. the youngest member of congress. i did defeatists someone you
a viable independent palestine living side-by-side with a jewish and democratic israel. my longtime friend and colleague ehud barak is here. i knowed he would agree with that as both of the most decorated soldier in israeli history and as a distinguished public servants. i have more to say about this later, but i did want to begin by recognizing the challenge that this will surely present. i want to add my words of welcome to all of you. i want to thank bill for being here -- we reallyvery much appreciate your participation. foreign minister -- a good friend and colleague who is a top global thinker, well deserved because of the careful comprehensive views he has developed over many years of hard work about issues fundamental to freedom. of course, i see right before me a wonderful friend and colleague, former senator john warner, who has been a great example of public service, military and civilian, his entire life. and to all our friends and colleagues from the diplomatic corps, and thanks of course to david and susan and everyone at "foreign policy" for joining with the state department
in terms of mr. obama's big win last night. any reaction on the glaeobal stage? >> couple things, in israel, benjamin netanyahu congratulating barack obama on his re-election. president putin in russia saying the same thing. one thing i can tell you, the taliban, telling barack obama it's team to get out of afghanistan. so, a stern message from them. >> all right, abc's mark greenblat reporting from capitol hill, live this morning, we thank you, mark. we will extend to you or olive branch as well. >> thank you. >> good to see this kind of tone though on capitol hill. especially kidding just, how divisive it has been. it's good for america to see this. john boehner coming out today. harry reid as well. boehner said, we can't keep setting the bar that low. it is time we raise the bar. i loved what he said about we are ready to be led not as democrats or republicans, but as americans, not as a liberal or conservative, but as the president of the united states. >> that's the quote mark alluded to. you hope in light -- dual messages last night. the country overwhelmingly elected barack obama bac
to make israel safe and they forget about the united states, we need to get back to a party, the republican party has to get back to a party for the united states, not for the rest of the world, not for israel. marco rubio, they have prodded him out already for the presidential election this year and for 2016. he will get beat by anybody the democrats put up. the republican party as it stands now, run into the ground by these neocons, is a doomed party. they are a dinosaur. you can forget about them. they will never ever be relevant again. host: ms. moore from rick santorum in usa today -- jim from grand forks, north dakota. the future of the gop, republicans only. caller: i just got out here from pennsylvania. i spoke with pedro couple months ago after saving four year period ho. what took you i came out here for all kinds of big jobs and big money. i'm freezing to death right now in a motel, but i got a great job offer already. i'm happier than ever in my life. there is beautiful people out here and the beautiful red river. as of bald eagles fly over my shoulder the other
and shorter. and so, you know, if only we see china, israel, others have drawn is now, the iranians have some jobs right now. it's going to be a very short time frame before we have to deal with the other side of that we are already dealing with cyber attacks each and every day on our infrastructure, not the kind used in the olympic games, similar. so the answer to your question is, it can reinforce existing power structures, but it can then also empower not state actors far faster than we did reinforced. >> i would say that david's concluding point is a fair one, except coming back to us, i think that we have kept ourselves still in this environment as being extremely competitive, and you reference to an area that is a key one for the s states. that is energy. the united states is number one in natural-gas. the united states has been working very aggressively in terms of ensuring that it is energy independent, and it toward this end, just the other day the "wall street journal" highlighted the fact that the united states is now has really grown exponentially in terms of its own oil productio
relationship. in israel there were some day care centers that had a problem. a problem encountered by day care centers around the world. parents coming late to pick up their children. teachers would have to stay with the children until the late arriving parents came. with the help of some economists, they instituted a fine for the late arriving parents. what do you think happened? [laughter] there were more late arrivals. now, why should this be? according to the standard economic reasoning, charging for something should decrease rather than increase the willingness to consume now. so what happened here? well, something similar to what was going on. before when parents came late, they felt guilty. they were imposing inconvenience on the teachers. but now they treated it as a fee for a service. like hiring a babysitter. and you don't feel guilty when you pay money to the babysitter to perform the duty of looking after your child. the attitudes changed. monetary payment change the relationship between the parent and the day care center and crowd out the sense of obligation to show up on time. wh
was spent, okay, working with steve israel to make sure we had the intellectual, financial, whatever resources to prevail in those races. my second time that i spent was to call people who were not successful, in this particular election. because everybody here was getting a lot of calls. winning is very noisy. not succeeding is kind, the bells don't drink that much so i wanted to hear from them, what their views were about how to go forward. and then to absorb the calls of my colleagues to see what their view is. but when i talked about here about changing the role of money in politics is really a very important motivator for me. to stay in the leaders office. i think it must be done. when people say that oh, and i've read in the course of this week, money didn't make any difference in the campaign, they'll wasted their money. well, that really wasn't true. the president of the united states, the most well known, famous, respected person on the planet, had to spend about a billion dollars to set the record straight from what the other big money was putting out there. senate races, h
for instance we see for example that the list of bases includes the dimona nuclear facility in israel which has a u.s. base attached to it that has 120 soldiers. but when you look at the list of where the soldiers are it isn't listed so it's like wait a minute, what's going on here? it's become very opaque. is very hard to get good numbers. >> host: let's show some have stats from the defense department on u.s. military personnel deployment. obviously the united states and its territories have the most at 1.2 million afghanistan with the ongoing actions there, 66,000 troops. talk about the next two, germany and japan, why we need 53,000 troops in germany and 39,000 troops still in japan these days? >> guest: we don't. that's a simple answer. they should be brought home. >> host: what is their mission there right now? >> guest: their mission is left over from the cold war. these were troops that were placed there to prevent a soviet attack on eastern europe. there is no more tzipi at union and there is no more cold war. we don't face that kind of threat. in japan we are being told that they are
to remember that when you talk about egypt's relationship to israel and the palestinians, egypt is a country of 80 million people. t a lot of them are poor. accepting palestinians working with that region is. >> reporter: fraught. >> gut reaction. at the end of the day, the man, i'm curious what rick came away feeling, one sentence what this man has to say about israel as a friend? >> i think that's still a question mark. looking at facts, he didn't open the borders between egypt and gaza to allow militants out or allow guns back in. i think looking at actions at this point is what we have to go on. >> you touched on the president's desire to turn back power in the next two weeks or two-week time frame. how is that sitting still? you've got the protests in the square. you've got that momentum that seems to be rebuilding, that led to the ouster of mubarak and the toppling of that government. do they have that concern in the back of their mind? are they seriously looking to turn this thing around and giving the power back to the people or is this stage craft? >> it's a great question. it's int
.s. and israel strongly object to the move, arguing that palestinians must first recognize israel's right to exist before gaining new rights at the u.n. >>> all right. harold, let's do "the l.a. times." >> i enjoyed watching him do it. >> i'm getting nervous. "los angeles times." a new study finds ice sheet melting in greenland and an antarctica, more than 300 billion tons of glacial ice are lost each year. the earth's sea level has risen eight inches since pre-industrialization times. >> that was a good read. you were overemphasizing a tad bit, but i like it. i'll give you some lessons. >> my posture, do i do this? >> you just want to be centered. you want to be strength, warmth, confidence is what you want to exude. you want to cluster some words so you don't bore people. >> i thought i was talking too fast. >> in my next life, i'm going to be a consultant and teach people how to truly learn how to communicate on television. >> that is great. >> you think that's what i should do? >> yes. >> should i make that career change right now? >> what would the hours be like? >> the hours would b
for acknowledging that one of the things we were successful with, mr. israel m entioned that we did protect the benefits of social security, medicare, and medicaid. let me say that it is more than a priority, it is a value of ethics for the american people. hideout that whoever is at that table will be someone that fights to protect those bene fits. >> what did you expect to announce? >> when i do. you'll be among the first to know. >> i wanted to ask you along those lines, what kind of people are you looking for? is there an opportunity for anyone for the caucus -- >> for the past few months, the people have wondered why we are talking about the debt rather than jobs. we had the vote, we don't like the deal but it is a done deal. i have no intention for the next weeks and months to be talking about this committee. we had this responsibility, we will make our appointment and the nature will be self-evident. we can't turn ourselves into a place where we are just talking about the process of this. we have to be creating jobs. >> with the super committee, will you be taking people that are mor
you now, we see china, israel, others have drones now. every nymphet drums right now. it's going to be a very short time. before we do with the other side of that. we're already dealing with cyberattacks each and every day on our infrastructure, not the kind in the olympic games, but similar kinds. the answer to your question is it can reinforce existing power structures, but cannot also empower nonstate airs far faster than we get reinforced. >> i would say david's concluding point is a fair one except coming back to us. i think that we have kept ourselves still in this environment has been extremely competitive and you reference an area for the united states and that's energy. the united states is number one in natural gas. the united states has been working very aggressively in terms of ensuring that it is energy independent and towards this end, just the other day at "the wall street journal" highlighted the fact that the united states is now really grown exponentially in terms of its own oil production. i think were going to see more of that. precious to different powerbase
to try to find a way that will end the killing in syria not only because it has canings for israel and other countries in indonesia, but because it sits, of course, a terrible negative example to others bad guys in this region and elsewhere who will be encouraged if they can get away with these types of behavior if we don't act. so i think this is a huge challenge that we need to face. and the solution is not a military solution. it's a smart one. >> we have to wrap up soon. to get the conference back on schedule. two more comments here and back there to get them in. >> thank you very much. [inaudible] i'm the australia commissioner in australia. i'm afraid on -- [inaudible] i wanted to make a point after having had a long period of being a diplomatic prak practitioner. particularly in my world and to say that the new normal viewed from outside of the world has some good news, which i just would like to throw in. one is that while this is being happening in the rest of the world, china we know what happened in china. but thailand has sufficiently grown to no longer being a recipien
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